Olorun (Yoruba: Ọlọrun or Ọlọhun), literally the ruler of (or in) the Heavens, is the name given to one of the three manifestations of the Supreme God in the Yoruba pantheon. Olorun is the owner of the heavens and, in this manifestation, is associated with the Sun. The vital energy of Olorun manifests in humans as Ashé, which is the life force that runs through all living things.[1] In Yorubaland, Akamara is believed to be the Source of all Existence. Olodumare carries the responsibility of coordinating the Universe by way of it, while Olofi is identified with Olofin Oduduwa (a different divine entity, born of Akamara) who brings existence to earth on orders from Olodumare.

The Supreme God has three manifestations: Olodumare, the Creator; Olorun, ruler of the heavens; and Olofi, who is the conduit between Orún (Heaven) and Ayé (Earth).

Among the Yoruba Christians and Muslims, meanwhile, the word Ọlọhun is also commonly used to denote their faith in God as The Almighty Divine, The Absolute Sovereign.


From the Yoruba Language. A contraction of the words Olo (which denotes ownership or rulership) and Orun (which means the Heavens, abode of the spirits).


  1. Cynthia Duncan,Ph.D. About Santeria

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